Wife of jailed Ohio radio host: 'I'm so scared'

Police say Blake Seylhouwer opened fire on wife

MADEIRA, Ohio – The wife of a jailed local radio host told WCPO Monday she is “scared" after being shot at last month.

Authorities said Blake Seylhouwer – a host on 55KRC Radio "THE Talk Station in Cincinnati" – opened fire on his wife Misty Seylhouwer with a rifle after an argument outside their Madeira home on Aug. 12.

Blake was arrested the night of the incident, but was released exactly one week later on bond after pleading not guilty. He returned to the Hamilton County Justice Center Saturday after officials said he violated a protection order granted for Misty.

Misty said she is still healing from the incident, and worried about her future.

“I really want to tell everyone the truth, but I don’t want to get into trouble,” she said, before referring WCPO to her attorney. “All I have left is the girls and I’m so scared…”

Blake and Misty Seylhouwer with their children at a Reds game.

Blake and Misty Seylhouwer at their wedding.

Officials said the bullet from Blake’s weapon ricocheted off the ground, causing fragments and concrete to strike Misty in the head, leg, stomach and neck.

Madeira Police Chief Frank Maupin said Blake, 36, waited until his wife turned her back before he purposely fired the shot in her direction in their driveway in the 5000 block of Windridge Drive at about 2:40 p.m.

But when Blake called 911, he had a different story.

"I shot my wife accidentally,” Blake told a 911 dispatcher after the gun fired.

When officers arrived at the scene, they said Misty, 28, was on the ground in her driveway, covered in blood and repeating the words, "He shot me. Get him away from me."

Police said Misty Seylhouwer was hit by bullet fragments and concrete when her husband shot at her.

More images of Misty Seylhouwer's injuries.

Maupin said it was later determined an argument took place between the couple before the shooting -- and when Misty turned her back, Blake fired a shot.

Blake told the 911 dispatcher before police arrived that he was removing his .30-06 rifle from his vehicle’s trunk when it fired. A .30-06 rifle is a high-powered gun commonly used for deer hunting.

"She came out of the car and I accidentally hit her," Blake said in the 911 call. In the background, Misty is heard yelling for help.

Blake said his children, a 4-year-old and 1-year-old, were inside a neighbor’s home and not at the shooting scene.


Police charged Blake the evening of the shooting with felonious assault and domestic violence. Officers said they also found a suitcase of clothes in Blake's car and prescription medications.

Misty was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center and released the following day. A source close to Misty told WCPO Monday she still has no feeling in places near her ear and forehead.

Blake was given a $500,000 bond at his arraignment the day after the shooting and was ordered to stay away from his wife and children after a judge granted Misty a temporary restraining order.

But officials said he violated that order this past Thursday when he sent her a text message.

Court records state Blake also removed Wi-Fi service to Misty’s cellphone and canceled her credit card, essentially cutting off her "financial access."

Misty filed for divorce last week, accusing Blake of adultery, extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty. She also asked for custody of their children and spousal support.

Blake Seylhouwer was in Hamilton County Municipal Court Monday.

In court Monday morning, Blake asked to speak on his own behalf. Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Russell Mock advised against it.

“No, I wouldn’t say anything, sir, until your lawyer gets out here,” Mock said. “Anything you say can and will be used against you in proceeding, sir.” 

Mock also warned Blake not to contact his wife again.

Blake’s attorney, Patrick Mulligan, accused Misty Monday of running up $20,000 in credit after hiring her divorce attorney. He said her card might have been “maxed out” and not cancelled like she claims.

Mulligan told WCPO last month he is "very comfortable with (Blake’s) plea of not guilty.”

“Domestic violence and felonious assault are specific intent crimes and the action of my client was without intent,” Mulligan said. “In fact, our position was it was an accident."

Blake’s bond was set Monday at $5,000 for charges relating to the protection order violation.

The August incident isn’t Blake’s first run-in with police, according to court records.

He was arrested in 2005 in Westerville, Ohio, for charges related to having sexually-oriented material involving a minor.

His charges were reduced to misdemeanors of public indecency and telephone harassment.

Blake Seylhouwer is the host of 55KRC Radio's Small Business Sunday, which airs each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Misty Seylhouwer is an executive producer at 55KRC Radio.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Blake is the president and owner of Jani-King of Cincinnati -- the largest commercial cleaning company in Cincinnati. He is also the host of 55KRC Radio's Small Business Sunday, which airs each Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.

In his profile, Blake notes he was named a finalist for a 2013 Tri-State Goering Center for Family & Private Business Award, and a finalist for a Cincinnati 2012 Green Business Award by the US Green Building Council.

He is also a volunteer board member of United Way's Volunteer Connection Leadership Council, which provides assistance in achieving goals related to community volunteer engagement.

According to Misty's Facebook page, she is an executive producer at 55KRC Radio.

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